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Gold's Gym Trainer 420 Treadmill Review

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EXPERT REVIEW

If the Gremlins from the 80's Spielberg film were a treadmill, it would be the Trainer 420. They look great but you better not let them eat too late! When we walked into our local Wal-Mart and bought one of these, we loved the look of it. The reason is that it would be easy to resell when we got finished with it and hopefully we would sell it to someone who would never use the machine. As a piece of unused furniture it is quite nice. The horror story only starts when you try to use it, the machine breaks down, and then you have to contact the factory and suffer through mass market service.

Number of Programs 16
Heart Rate Sensor and Type EKG Grip Pulse
Horsepower 2.5
Speed Range 0 - 10
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 10%
Weight Capacity 300 Lbs
Belt Size 18 x 50
Footprint 70 x 33 x 53
Folds Yes
Weight of Unit N/A
Warranty 5-Year Frame & Motor, 90-Day Parts & Labor

General Information

Another licensed brand for Icon Health & Fitness. They put this brand in Wal-Mart over the past few years and they have sold like hotcakes! Some of the newer models at the higher price points are on par with Proform and the entry-level NordicTrack units at a bargain price. If you buy their sub $400 units, you are getting what you deserve- a piece of junk for $400. These are mainly units made for the casual user. If you are looking for a serious machine, nothing to see here?keep moving on.

Quality / Philosophy

Gold?s Gym is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. We can no longer say Icon has the worst customer service in the business after experiencing the cheap treadmills sold on Amazon. We rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service.

Outlook

Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn?t up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service so keep this in mind when buying their machines- apparently they price their machines so low in comparison to other companies that they don?t have money left for service. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.

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